Published May 16, 2017Despite the on-screen disclaimers, some people can't help but stay glued to their cellphone while out at the movies. A 37-year-old man in Austin, TX, was fed up enough with his date's phone usage that he is now suing her for texting during a screening of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.
As the Austin American-Statesman reports, Brandon Vezmar filed a petition in small claims court last Thursday (May 11) against his date. Vezmar told the paper that he is asking for $17.31 USD, the price of the movie ticket to a 3D showing of the latest Guardians film. Vezmar told the paper that the encounter "was kind of a first date from hell," adding that texting in a movie "is like one of my biggest pet peeves."
UPDATE (05/17, 2:26 p.m. EDT): Tim League, founder/CEO of theatre chain Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, has released offered Vezmar a gift certificate for $17.31 in an effort "to save the time of the courts." What a time to be alive. Find his statement below.
Vezmar's petition alleges that the woman "activated her phone at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes to read and send text messages." It reads that the woman's texting was a "direct violation" of the theatre's policy and that it "adversely" affected the viewing experience, reading, "while damages sought are modest, the principle is important as defendant's behaviour is a threat to civilized society."
After asking her to stop and being refused, he suggested she use the phone outside. The woman then left the theatre and did not return, taking her car home and leaving Vezmar without transportation home.
The woman told the Statesman today (May 16) that she had not heard of the claim against her, saying she had used her phone sparingly in the theatre. She added that Vezmar called her afterwards asking to be paid back for the movie ticket, which she refused because "he took me out on a date."
"I had my phone low and I wasn't bothering anybody," she said. "It wasn't like constant texting."
The woman told the Statesman that she plans to file a protective order against Vezmar who, horrifically enough, contacted her younger sister in an effort to get his money back for the movie ticket.
"I'm not a bad woman," she told the paper. "I just went out on a date."
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